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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Samaha Samy

Samaha Samy, staff writer

Samaha Samy is a political opinion writer for The State Hornet. Before joining The State Hornet in fall 2020, he worked as a freelance journalist with Al-Masry Al-Youm, one of the top five newspapers in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East. During his work for Al-Masry Al-Youm, he interviewed many prominent subjects such as Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek and Egyptian and Arab diplomats in California such as former Science Adviser of the Egyptian President and CalTech professor, Essam Heggy.
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Students, parents, and alumni of St. Francis High School gather in protest on Wednesday Feb 24, 2021 against the schools retention of a student who recently shared a photo of herself wearing blackface on Snapchat. As of Wednesday, the student is no longer attending the all-womens Catholic high school.

Protesters rally against racism after St. Francis student caught in blackface

Student is no longer enrolled
Samaha Samy
February 25, 2021
St. Francis students, alumni and Sacramento leaders protested the usage of Blackface by a white student impersonating a Black classmate on social media at the campus on Wednesday.
Trump supporters take to Cesar Chavez Plaza where they rally for the Stop the Steal protest in Sacramento, California, Nov. 21, 2020. Opinion writer Samaha Samy says the Trump mob, who claim to follow Christian values, would have crucified and killed Jesus in the name of Jesus in his latest piece.

OPINION: The Trump loyalists would crucify Jesus Christ himself

They held the cross up high then attacked the nation's Capitol
Samaha Samy
February 8, 2021
The Trump mob, who claim to follow Christian values, would have crucified and killed Jesus in the name of Jesus, says opinion writer Samaha Samy.
“I’d much rather invest in the programs that make it to where I don’t have to call 911,” District 4 City Council Member-Elect Katie Valenzuela said at a town hall Tuesday, Dec.1. Newly elected council members Katie Valenzuela, Mai Vang, Sean Loloee and moderator Theresa Clift discussed youth violence, inequity and homelessness at the Sacramento Bee’s town hall on Tuesday. Screenshot taken by Mercy Sosa.

Newly elected city council members discuss youth violence at town hall

TJ Martinez and Samaha Samy
December 3, 2020
Katie Valenzuela, Mai Vang, Sean Loloee and other community leaders discussed youth violence, inequity and homelessness at the Sacramento Bee’s town hall Tuesday.

911 calls and body camera footage released in case where a man was shot and killed by Sacramento police

A spokesperson for Michael Wright’s family said he was having a mental health crisis at the time of his death
Samaha Samy
November 13, 2020
A 52-year-old man shot and killed by Sacramento police was revealed to have made a 911 call during a mental health crisis by his family’s spokesperson at a News conference at the California State Capitol building Thursday.
Fernando Rodriguez, 38, with his daughter Cecilia Rodriguez, 2, drops in his vote via a ballot box at Modoc Hall at Sacramento State Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The hall previously held voting for Super Tuesday in March of this year.

Sac State students vote at Modoc Hall despite virtual semester

Vote center opened to Sacramento County voters with coronavirus precautions
Isabelle Juarez, Samaha Samy, and Gavin Rock
November 3, 2020
Sacramento State opened its vote center in Modoc Hall for Sacramento County and Sac State students amid COVID-19 for the 2020 presidential election from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m Tuesday.

[Video] FAQ: All about Measure A on Sacramento’s ballot

Steinberg, Valenzuela offer opposing views of controversial “strong mayor” initiative
Samaha Samy
October 22, 2020
The Sacramento Mayoral Accountability and Community Equity Act of 2020, also known as Measure A or the “strong mayor” proposal, if passed would reform Sacramento’s governing system.
Shaun Harper (left) and Ibram X. Kendi were the keynote speakers for the Sacramento State Fall 2020 Convocation held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Harper and Kendi shared their research and experience on the topic of anti-racism. Screenshots by Jenna Cooper via Zoom/collage by Max Connor.

Sac State’s Fall 2020 Convocation addresses anti-racism efforts in higher education

Ibram X. Kendi and Shaun Harper speak on anti-racism
Jenna Cooper and Samaha Samy
September 30, 2020
Sacramento State held its Fall 2020 Convocation with featured speakers Ibram X. Kendi and Shaun Harper. The theme was “Advancing Our Commitment to Anti-racism.” Kendi, Harper, President Nelsen and more expanded on how we can instill anti-racism at Sac State.
President Donald Trump addresses reporters about wildfires at McClellan Airport Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Trump was visiting to meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom regarding the wildfires burning across the state and said that lack of proper forest management is a major contributing factor to the fires.

Trump visits Sacramento for wildfire briefing with Newsom

Protesters and supporters demonstrate outside McClellan
Samaha Samy
September 14, 2020
President Donald Trump visited Sacramento Monday for a briefing with state and federal fire and emergency officials on the wildfires.
The new Center for First-Generation Student Initiatives hosted a virtual launch on Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020 to welcome students who identify as first-generation. The center will provide support and services to these students including workshops on money management, time management, mental health and doing taxes.

Sac State launches support center for first-generation students

Services include workshops on time management, budgeting, mental health
Samaha Samy and Gavin Rock
September 8, 2020
Sac State held a virtual opening for its new Center for First-Generation Student Initiatives. Sac State President Robert Nelsen said he too was a first-generation college student.
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